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An Immigrant Nation - Dalmatian At Heart

Television (Full Length) – 1994

"My life is here, but my soul is there." So says immigrant Maria Stanisich in this look at NZ's Dalmatian community which, after more than a century down under, maintains a strong connection to its European homeland. Using interviews with a range of people, this episode examines the history of those arriving in New Zealand from the Dalmatian area of the Adriatic, now Croatia. Many worked on the gumfields, where discriminatory laws favoured British subjects; some formed relationships with local Māori, before bringing proxy wives over from Europe.

Produced by

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Top Shelf Productions


The producers thank the Dalmation Cultural Society Dancers and Hrvatska Televisija (Croatian Television).

Made with funding from NZ On Air


Music by Jeremy Dempsey